SYH & the environment

Suffolk Yacht Harbour takes its reponsibility to care for the environment very seriously, and works with a number of partners to ensure it meets the highest standards.

levington lagoonOne of SYH's greatest assets is its beautiful location on the Orwell estuary, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

We own not just the marina and hardstanding, but the land eastwards to Loompit Lake, westwards to Levington Creek and behind the marina up towards the road. All of it is carefully cared for to ensure that it remains a habitat for migrating and resident birds and a diverse range of other wildlife.

We work in partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust to maintain much of the site, including Levington Lagoon (pictured), which was formed as a result of a breach in the sea wall during the notorious 1953 floods. This wetland location is an excellent bird-watching site throughout the year. Seasonal visitors include greenshank, spotted redshank, dunlin, short-eared owl and flocks of pipit. You may also be lucky enough to spot kingfisher which seem to be something of a ‘regular’ here.

All of our dredging is subject to rigorous licensing requirements to ensure that not only the wildlife in the marina and the river, but also any archaeological remains, are preserved in the best possible state. Read more about what happens to the mud we dredge out.

In the marina we abide by the Green Blue codes to ensure a successful balance between wildlife, safety and convenience for boaters. The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association.

We have eight separate recycling and disposal areas around the marina and hardstanding - one of which is pictured, right. Anything that is not recycled is compacted in our own compactor and leaves the site for disposal, thus minimising land fill. The recycled categorizes include plastics, paper and cardboard, batteries, waste oil, paint and glass. Read more about how you can help us to recycle effectively.

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path runs through the marina and we are very aware of our responsibility to ensure that the path remains fully accessible and attractive.





Suffolk Yacht Harbour works in partnership with a number of organisations to maintain the outstanding natural beauty of our land.

Natural England

Natural England
Tel: 01206 796666
Natural England website

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01473 890089
SWT website

Environment Agency

Environment Agency
Tel: 08708 506 506
EA website

Suffolk Coast & Heaths

Suffolk Coast & Heaths
Tel: 01394 384948
Coast & Heaths website


Tel: 01603 661662
RSPB website

Green Blue

The Green Blue Code
Green Blue website